Dawn Steele

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Dawn Nolan
Born Dawn Anne Steele
(1975-12-11) 11 December 1975 (age 41)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Notable work Playing Dr Annie Jandhu In River City
Spouse(s) Paul Nolan (2017)

Dawn Anne Nolan (born 11 December 1975 in Glasgow) is a Scottish actress best known for her portrayals of the characters Alexandra "Lexie" MacDonald from the BBC drama Monarch of the Glen, Alice Trevanion in the ITV drama series Wild at Heart and Dr Annie Jandhu in BBC Soap Opera River City.


Dawn Nolan was born in Glasgow and moved to Milton of Campsie in 1982, attended Kilsyth Academy from around 1987–1993 and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow from 1994–1998, supporting her early career as a waitress in the Rogano Restaurant. She graduated with first class honours in July 1998, and was the winner of the Silver Medal at the RSAMD in 1998.[1]

Her most notable role was as Alexandra "Lexie" MacDonald in seasons one through six in the hit BBC drama Monarch of the Glen, between 1999–2004.[2] In January 2005, she appeared as new character Justine McManus in the second season of the BBC’s paranormal drama show Sea of Souls with Iain Robertson and Bill Paterson. Before she teamed up with Iain Robertson to work on Sea of Souls they had previously worked together on The Slab Boys and The Debt Collector.[3] Shortly after, she appeared as a student on the BBC reality show Fame Academy in a second all-celebrity series in aid of the charity Comic Relief does Fame Academy.

In January 2006, Steele returned in the third season of Sea of Souls.[4] In April 2007 she played Shazza in Simon Farquhar's powerful Aberdonian drama Rainbow Kiss at the Royal Court Theatre in London's West End. Reviews praised her performance as a promiscuous beautician who becomes the object of a lethal obsession.[5] In 2002 Steele was voted the Most Eligible Woman in Scotland[6] and followed this up in 2003 when she was voted the second most eligible woman in Scotland by readers of a Sunday newspaper.[7]

Nolan starred in a one-off BBC One comedy, Magnolia, which aired on 22 September 2006. In November 2007 she made her pantomime debut as the Wicked Witch Carrion in Sleeping Beauty at the King's Theatre, Glasgow.[8] In 2009 she returned to TV screens in the fourth season of ITV's Wild at Heart,[9] playing a new character, Alice Collins, as the replacement for Amanda Holden who left the show after the third season.

In the summer of 2009, she guest presented STV's daily lifestyle show The Hour for a week, alongside main anchor Stephen Jardine.[10]

In 2010 she returned once more as Alice for a 10-episode run in the fifth season of the popular show Wild at Heart. She returned again for another 10-episode run in the sixth season of Wild at Heart but as Alice Trevanion; Alice and Danny got engaged at the end of season five. She was in episode 1 of the seventh season but was forced to abandon filming of the hit TV drama to return to Britain for the birth of her first child Coco with partner, Dear Green Place actor Paul Nolan.[11] There will be no eighth season, but Dawn returned for the last ever episode, a two-hour special, which was shown on 30 December 2012. She openly admitted to crying throughout the special's six-week filming period.

In 2011, Agatha Christie Theatre Company's national tour of the 1958 play Verdict starred Dawn Steele playing the part of Lisa Koletzky. In May 2012 she returned to the stage for the UK tour of Noël Coward's Volcano as Melissa Littleton and which transferred to the West End in August.

Dawn appeared in the BBC Crime Drama Case Histories which aired in June 2013, playing the part of Charlotte McGill.[12]

In 2014 she appeared in the stage show of the Peter James novel, The Perfect Murder, playing the character Joan Smiley.

In October 2015 Dawn joined the cast of the BBC1 Scotland Drama River City playing Dr Annie Jandhu.


Body of work[edit]


Production - Character Director Company
The Perfect Murder - Joan Smiley Ian Talbot
Volcano - Melissa Littleton Roy Marsden Thelma Holt & Bill Kenwright
Verdict - Lisa Koletsky Joe Harmston Bill Kenwright Ltd
Blackbird - Una David Grindley MJE Productions
Tutti Frutti - Suzi Kettles Tony Cownie National Theatre of Scotland
HOME Edinburgh Anthony Neilson National Theatre of Scotland
The Slab Boys - Bernadette Philip Howard Traverse, Edinburgh
Electra - Crysothemis   Theatre Babel
Medea - Gluake   Theatre Babel
Rainbow Kiss - Shazza Richard Wilson Royal Court Theatre


Production - Character Director Company
Comic Relief does Fame Academy Various BBC/Comic Relief/Endemol
Sea of Souls - Justine McManus Various BBC Scotland
The Bedtime Hour (CBeebies)   BBC
The Key - Mary David Blair BBC
Monarch of the Glen (6 series) - Lexie Various Ecosse Films/BBC Scotland
Snoddy - Laura Colin Gilbert BBC Scotland
Tinsel Town (2 series) Various Raindog for BBC
Highlander - War and Peace - Brynn   Gaumont TV
Haywire Peter Boyd MacLean BBC
Split Second - Kathy David Blair BBC
Rain Dog Pilot   BBC Scotland
In Search of the Unicorns   BBC
Dreams and Recollections   Scottish Television
Magnolia - Sheila   Red Productions
Wild at Heart - Alice Trevanion   ITV
Case Histories - Charlotte McGill   BBC
River City - Annie Jandhu   BBC Scotland


Production - Character Director Company
Surveillance - Amy Paul Oremland Blue Blood with Fulcrum TV
Tabloid TV - Tori David Blair Tabloid TV Productions
Club le Monde - Jacqui Simon Rumley Club le Monde Films
The Debt Collector - Barmaid Anthony Neilson Theatre Babel
Gregory's Two Girls - Jan Bill Forsyth  


  1. ^ "Kilsyth famous people". Paperclip.org.uk. 30 January 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Press Office - Monarch Of The Glen Dawn Steele". BBC. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "20 Questions With ... Dawn Steele - - Interviews". Whatsonstage.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Press Office - Sea Of Souls series three Dawn Steele". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Alistair Smith (12 April 2006). "The Stage / Reviews / Rainbow Kiss". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Scotland on Sunday - Scotsman.com". Scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com. Retrieved 18 November 2012. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Scotland on Sunday - Scotsman.com". Scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com. Retrieved 18 November 2012. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Dawn Steele On Her Role As A Panto Witch". Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "TV star Dawn Steele on heading back to South Africa for safari drama". Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "dawn-steele-guest-hostess-of-emthe-hourem". November 2012. 
  11. ^ "'My baby was a real drama', says Wild At Heart actress Dawn as she was forced to abandon filming to give birth". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Case Histories". BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 

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